Thursday, 27 December 2012

End of year report


Hope you guys are enjoying your Christmas break!

Well, this year has been a whirlwind for good and not so good reasons. I’d say one of the most good/bad things to happen this year would be joining the plus size blogger world.

(NB: I did write a rather lengthy 'bad' in regards to blogging, but it's a new year and all, so I want to keep it positive! 01.01.2013)

I started my blog because I saw an amazing article in Fabulous Magazine, about plus size bloggers, and was so happy to have people like me represented in a positive way. There was nothing about health concerns, being unattractive or getting free stuff; it was about women being empowered in spite of what the general public consensus might be. It was about three gorgeous fat babes talking about loving their bodies and dressing how they liked, when they liked (I have incidentally become really great friends with one of them, Sian, and I love her to bits!).

I read that article and thought, “well if they can do it…” and started my blog soon after. It felt great to be making my contribution to the growing plus size blogger world, and subsequently found myself going to Fattylympics. I met a bunch of incredible women and have established some lovely, real and honest friendships with those who just want to share their experiences and maybe help others along the way- that’s what blogging should be about. 

Staying true to my values and meeting the best women ever has definitely been the good- in fact, it’s been great!

I think I should very briefly tell you about my favourite posts of this year. Ironically, my two favourite posts are not clothes post; they are the 'Take This Waltz' and 'Radiohead' posts.

The 'Take This Waltz' post was written partly due to watching the magnificent movie of the same title, but also from situations I see virtually everyday in others. The way people almost completely disregard the person whom they are in a (monogamous) relationship with, in favour of seeking attention from elsewhere- and unrepentantly basking in it, is something which I find more than a little puzzling; I find it utterly astounding, actually! I am however, a big believer in reaping what you sow……you can read the full post here.

My second favourite post is ‘Radiohead’. They are my favourite band ever, and I saw them for the very first time this year. It was pure joy from start to finish and I still feel really lucky to have been there with such an embracing crowd. Thom was on form and I went home floating on air. The gig was by far the best un-blog related thing to happen to me this year, and I think my post about it explains why.....

This year I started a group on Facebook, with Lauren. Curve Social has been a true highlight for me and it has given me a great opportunity to meet and get to know even more amazing people just trying to find their way....I can relate to that; I constantly feel like a little lost lamb just trying to find my way and my place- I hope the group has helped others feel like they're not on their own. 

There was also the launch of Plus London 3! There is so much I want to say at this point, but I can't- yet! You can rest assured though, we have things bubbling under the surface and when the time's right, we will scream them from the rooftops accordingly :D Along with that, I’ll hopefully be continuing Curve Social and hope the ideas for the New Year are things you’ll all enjoy too.

I’ve loved posting this year and will try to post more often from now on. I’m also going to talk more on Twitter. There are so many lovely people on there and due to being a scaredy cat, I just haven’t put myself out there in regards to conversing; I will change that and talk the ears of those whom I like (be warned). Next year is so exciting, with lots of cool things in the pipeline- I can’t wait for it all to happen!

I won’t bore you for too much longer, but I just wanted to leave you with my favourite quote, song and video of this year. The quote won’t be a popular choice, as I know everyone seems to have a bee in their bonnet about Lana Del Rey, but I actually like her. I’m not proclaiming that she’s the best solo female artist since Etta James, but I find a lot of the criticism quite bizarre, personally. I don’t think hype helps anyone, and there was a lot expected of her after Videogames went viral….anyway, the quote is from her music video, ‘Ride’. I love the short monologue-type musings at the beginning- just before the actual song starts. This is my favourite part of it (and subsequent favourite quote):

“My mother told me I had a chameleon soul
No moral compass pointing due North
No fixed personality
Just an inner indecisiveness, that was as wide and as wavering as the ocean.”

How beautiful is that?!!! It’s not a quote in the traditional sense; there are no words of wisdom, nor is it advisory, but I think it’s great. If you have an itch to watch the video, here it is:

Ride-



My favourite song of the year is a total unashamed cheat. It’s actually from an album released in 2010, but it didn’t come to light for me until this year. ‘Zebulon’ by Rufus Wainwright is an indescribable beauty. It is tender, heartfelt, honest, heartbreaking and above all, hopefully. It is a song which continues to stay with me even though I have listened to it uncountable times. It’s simply gorgeous:

Zebulon-

“I believe in freedom
Freedom’s apparently all I need
But who’s ever been free in this world?
Who has never had to bleed…
In this world?” Oh, how I love this :’)

My favourite video of the year isn’t a music video. It’s from the quite spectacular, Franceta Johnson. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE her! I think she is my blogger girl crush of 2012, and this is a video she posted on said blog. It’s entitled ‘Confidence’ and the title explains it all really; it’s something that everyone has a hard time with either occasionally or everyday, and I love how she explains what confidence is and how you can achieve it:

Confidence-

“….I may only have five or six friends, and a bunch of acquaintances; but those five or six friends are better friends, than the thousands of people that want to call themselves my friends on Facebook.” WORD!

I think I’ll leave it there, because this is quite possibly the longest post anyone has ever posted ever (you can probably tell how much writing is part of my soul)! Thanks for reading this year and I hope you all have the best New Years’ ever!

Love and hugs,
Isha
xxx



Sunday, 9 December 2012

Vixen Pixie at Bad Reputation


So last night was the last ever, Bad Reputation. I wanted to change my look a little, so decided to go all Black, booby and tight! I accessorised with a pop of colour in the form of red lipstick and the most wonderful headpiece from Pearls and Swine. I have had this headpiece for the longest time, and until last night, couldn’t find an opportunity to wear it.

I love this look as it’s a bit Goth with a few feminine touches (sorry about the lighting):

Myself and Kirsty had the biggest fit of giggles due to me having my picture taken in the toilets…..and in front of bog roll- keeping it classy ‘til the bitter end ;p

This bodysuit was so comfy!

I love this headpiece! It’s so fun and classy at the same time

Headpiece: Pearls and Swine
Bodysuit: Simply Be
Pencil Skirt: Very
Shrug: eBay
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins
Tights: Boots
Lipstick: Rimmel (Colour: Starry-Eyed)

I’m a loser, so was far too scared to go up to the Bad Rep team and thank them. Thank them for creating a safe environment for people like us to meet, have fun and dance with sheer abandon (the only way anyone should ever dance).

It’s so important we have more events like this; we ironically live in a “modern” society where people like us: the queers, geeks (to which I am a proud one!), misfits and fats (me again!) are looked upon with distain and constantly misunderstood. Having a place where we can support and encourage each other is exactly what Bad Reputation is/was- this will be their legacy and they did themselves proud! Can’t wait to see what they do next. Also, many thanks to them for the wonderful gifts of a mixed CD and Zine- too kind!

Bad Rep swag

I had a brilliant night and danced my awful dance, and sung with a full heart : )


‘Til next time folks!
xx

Sunday, 18 November 2012

UnBop


Hi guys,

I must apologise for not blogging properly for a little while. I’ve been really busy with a few new projects, which is mad fun, but time consuming. More on that later…

On Friday night, myself and the rest of the Curve Social crew, went down to Unskinny Bop. It was so much fun and I’m so grateful to everyone who came down to dance away with Lauren and myself. I didn’t drink as much as I thought I would and will more than make up for it at the next event ;p

I’ve worn this dress before, but this time I dressed it up with the most fab belt and newly purchased shrug. I felt comfortable all night, which will probably sway my views on what to wear at the next event. I had musings of wearing a corset (another new purchase- I have a problem!), but I have the most adorable and fabulously sexy (and comfy) dress that I think I’ll wear instead. Sorry about the lighting, club loos really are not the best place to do a fashion shoot!




Dress: Soho’s Clothing
Petticoat: Soho’s Clothing
Shrug: eBay
Belt: Dorothy Perkins

So along with Curve Social, I’m now also part of the Plus London 3 team! I’m really excited about this and we have so many ideas to make the event one of the best of next year. I used to work in events but I had forgotten in my subsequent move into education, just how much work is involved. I enjoy getting my hands dirty though and I really enjoy sending emails (as my poor partners will testify to :/) - all for the best cause!

So I hope you guys are ready to see and hear from me a lot more- I hope you don’t get sick of me too quickly ;p


‘Til next time!

xx

Monday, 29 October 2012

One day, we're gonna live, in Paris!

(Nice reference to the fab Friendly Fires ;p)

Hi guys,

So its been a little while since I touched base with you, and this isn't really a clothes post but more of an update.

I went to Paris recently and it was a dream! I last went there when I was 13 for a school trip and I hated every minute of it! People were rude and had no patience for students, and I nearly got run over by some mad man (who was thoroughly enjoying the terror in my eyes!) :( I swore I would never go back there and until this trip, I had avoided the place like the plague.

Anyways, my friend Alexia invited me and my friend Rosie to visit her and stay for a few days- we of course jumped at the chance and headed for the Eurostar. It was pretty chill and went by really quickly (but that was probably because I slept through the journey).

Alexia is currently staying in the cutest flat ever! It was a one bedroom flat that was so gorgeously decked out and typically French. I had a clear idea of the places I wanted to go, courtesy of the lovely Katie who in short, gave me the best list ever!

The Pere Lachaise Cemetery and Shakespeare & Co. Bookshop were my favourite parts. I'm a *huge* Shakespeare fan, so having a bookshop that was dedicated to him and his works was such a thrill. I bought three books from there and you get this cute little Shakespeare stamp and a bookmark to go with them. I'm such a nerd, so this was like hitting the lottery! Below is a cool picture from inside (you're not meant to actually take pictures inside :/)

 
Myself, Al and Rosie (I bought three awesome books from here- joy!)

Other places we went to included:
   Louvre Museum
   Notre Dame
   The Jardin du Luxembourg
   Eiffel Tower
   Arc de Triomphe
   Londons' equivalent to Soho, but I forget the name :/

I also really wanted to go to Musee D'Orsay, but we decided it would be really clever to avoid the crowd of the weekend and go on the Monday instead. When we got there, we were so smug because there were no crowds and no queue. Went to see where the heck we could get in, only to discover the place is closed on Mondays! I seriously wanted to cry :(

We did so much walking and although the underground is the fastest way to get to places, you obviously want to see your surroundings, walk around and soak in the gorgeous views. The architecture there is beautiful! They are really rustic and grand- lots of stone walls and marble and they're all so tall, you spend most of your time looking up!

The weather was horrible and rainy for most of the weekend, but picked up the last couple days. They are still maniacs on the road too! It's like they are going out of their way to run you the hell over! If I had a pound for every time I called someone a dick, I'd be a rich lady!

All in all it was a fab trip, and I can't wait to go back!

Once I sort out the nightmare of my two cameras (that's long, long story) I will post a few more here along with boring my friends on Facebook with even more- fun time :D

'Til next time folks.

xx